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Distiction between religious and irreligious persons


The abode of God

On the fourteenth day of the second fortnight of the month of Shravan of Samvat 1877, Shriji Maharaj along with a team of his saints left village Kundal and came an route to Khambhada and set under the shade of a Peepal tree. Village folks came and brought a cot for him to sit on. At that time he was dressed in all white clothes. Saints and the devotees from the different places were assembled about him.

The Sadhus began chanting of devotionel songs. Shiji Maharaj, then stopping them at later, addressed the people of the village and said, 'There are two types of people in this world, righteous and unrighteous. The righteous people would always tread the path of righteousness and would never indulge in stealing, adultery or obloquy. They would always be taisted and respected in society. They always prefer to stay in the Satsang to develop contact with the saints. Wheras the unrightousness would always indulge in stealing, adultery, eating meat, drinking wine and so on. They would never be respected in society. People would not trust them. They would detest contact with holy saints and belittle those who remain in such holy contact. Therefore, those who desire redemption should never walk on the path of unrighteousness and should follow always the rightreous on e. They should also develop contact with holy saints. They will, by observing these rules, be definitely redeemed." The village people, heaing this talk felt grateful and many of them took refuge in Maharaj.

Shriji Maharaj then started for Sarangpur. Here in the Durbar of Shri Jiva Khachar, on the Verandah near the hall facing north he sat on a cot. He had put on all white clothes. Saints and the devotees from the various places were sat before him in a holy assembly.

Then Shriji Maharaj said, "One with the worldly vision finds that the divine abodes of God, such as Golok, Vaikunth, Shwetdweep, and Brahmpur are far away from here, whereas one who has developed an inner vision finds those abodes within his vicinity and closeness. Therefore, the worldly vision is, fallacious whereas the vision from the inner most, enabling one to visualise these divine abodes around him, is the true one.

A Sadhu who feels that just as the Jiva resides in his body, similarly God holds Jiva as Shair and God is his Sharirin. Further, he feels that he is the Jiva and is not at all identical with the body, either gross, subtle or causal; such a sadhu always remains conscious of God seated within his Jiva. He is always with God in the divine realm of God. Such a saint has attained the status of a released saints of Shwetdweep. One who has the Darshan of such a saint should always rejoice with the feelings that he had the Darshan of God. He always feels himself fulfilled.

One who lacks such understanding of the divine knowledge of God, but has a strong desire to imbibe such knowledge would never leave this Satsang, even if the saint rebukes him for his deficiency. One who is an addict pf opium cannot ever discard such'addiction, similarly, one who, desires to be blessed with such virtues should be associated with this holy Satsang stubbornly. He will then develop such vir tues as that of the aforesaid saint and will attain an equal status and glory with that of the saint.

Thus Ends Vachanamrit : Sarangpur - 10.

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